When normal perfection doesn’t cut it:

Caerleon is the best perfect place to experience the architectural genius of the Romans. The In Caerleon is a well-preserved 2,000-year-old amphitheatre and one of the finest Roman barrack remains in Europe.

In my research today, I came upon this piece of information. I was looking for images of Caerleon, and this site (which I am blatantly not giving the address for, if you want it google the quotation) gave a very nice photograph of this “well-preserved 2,000-year-old amphitheatre”. It also provided the happy linguistic form “best perfect”.

I have seen, and especially in travel guides, the claim that “[Proper Noun] is the best [generic noun] to [touristy verb].” Also the similar option “[Proper Noun] is the perfect [generic noun] for [touristy verb].” is quite common. It seems that these claims are all too common, and hyperbole of a new kind was deemed necessary. Thus the claim that, of all the perfect places to experience the architectural genius of the Romans, Caerleon is, definitely, the most perfect.

The other option is a simply lack of editing, as the “The In Caerleon is” clause might also suggest–this, however, is not nearly as interesting.

~ by jeorgesmith on 3 August 2007.

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